HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 22Issue 20MGCB CONTINUES TO THWART ILLEGAL GAMBLING OPERATIONS IN MICHIGAN

The Michigan Gaming Control Board recently announced that a Bristol, Ind., man was sentenced to pay $1,198 in fines and court costs by Judge Michael E. Dodge in Cass County’s 43rdCircuit Court on June 3 after pleading guilty to a felony illegal gambling charge in the Cassopolis court located in Southwest Michigan.

Robert G. George, 40, owner of George’s Café, 69595 Sunset Blvd., Union, Mich., was charged after a Michigan Attorney General’s office and Michigan Gaming Control Board investigation led to an early June 2015 raid of his business.

“Michigan law does not permit unlicensed, unregulated gambling establishments and the unwanted crime they bring,” said Richard Kalm, MGCB executive director.

George pled guilty on March 14 to attempted gambling activities – a five year felony – and was ordered June 3 to pay a $500 fine and $698 in court costs and fees and to forfeit seized property, including $2,351 in cash, $700 worth of pre-paid gift cards and five illegal gaming machines.

George’s employee, Heather Cradolph, 34, also pled guilty to a one-year misdemeanor count of gambling activities and was sentenced in April to a $175 fine and $125 in court costs and fees.

The investigation began in March 2015 after anonymous tips were received about illegal slot machines at George’s Café, a bar and restaurant located about 45 miles southwest of Kalamazoo.

During the raid last summer, the Michigan Attorney General’s office seized the now-forfeited property after a search warrant was served. The MGCB, Michigan State Police, Michigan Lottery and Michigan Liquor Control Commission assisted with the raid.

Additionally, two Flint residents were arraigned May 5 in 67thDistrict Court in Flint on multiple felony and high court misdemeanor charges for allegedly conducting an illegal gambling operation last year at an internet café adjacent to the bingo hall at Ben Agree Hall, 3549 S. Dort Highway, Flint.

Charges were filed against David Slaughter, 60, and Beverly Davis, 41, after investigators from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office and the MGCB found more than 40 slot-style gaming terminals inside the bingo hall’s café area in 2015. According to the MGCB, the location was operated as an illegal slot machine parlor.

“Our investigators documented illegal gambling inside the internet café during multiple visits between early July and November, which led to the charges,” said MGCB Executive Director Richard Kalm. “The investigation began after two anonymous tips were received from the public, and we appreciate their help in identifying and stopping illegal gambling operations.”

The terminals were seized in November by investigators from the Michigan Attorney General’s office, MGCB, Michigan Lottery and Michigan State Police. The hall’s website urged bingo patrons to “come early and play the slots at the Internet Café, which is open seven days a week.”

Michigan citizens are encouraged to report any suspicious or illegal gambling by calling the MGCB’s 24-hour anonymous tip line, 888-314-2682.


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